No. 8

Susan and Erik have constructed a wood-framed home on their new warren. They began construction in the fall of 2002, and made it to a liveable condition before winter. They worked on it for 4 months; Erik worked part-time on the house for the first 2 months, and then switched to full-time work on the cabin for the last 2 months.

The construction of the house is a bit unconventional for DR. It does not include strawbale as a building component. Instead, it focuses on using reclaimed lumber. The lumber came from several sources – a barn, an old factory, and wooden pallets. The structure is 16’X16′ with 6 inch walls of blown in cellulose insulation. The residence has a sleeping loft in the northern side. The interior walls are made of standard sheet rock.